NY State AG Letitia James opens investigation into Capital One

Kimberly Dole
July 30, 2019 - 11:06 am

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Attorney General Letitia James today released a statement in wake of the news that Capital One's system was hacked, and that the personal information of 100 million consumers was illegally accessed.

"Today, 100 million consumers across America are wondering if they were unfortunate enough to be a victim of the most recent data breach. Though Capital One's breach was internal, the fact still remains that safeguards were missing that allowed for the illegal access of consumers' names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, and other highly sensitive, personal information. 

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"The security breach at Captial One is among the largest of a major U.S. financial institution on record.

James added that these companies' susceptiblity to hacks is becoming far too common.

She then posed the question, "Are companies doing enough to prevent future data breaches?'

"My office will begin an immediate investigation into Capital One's breach, and will work to ensure that New Yorkers who were victims of this breach are provided relief," the press release stated. "We cannot allow hacks of this nature to become every day occurrences."

Last week, Attorney General James led a nationwide announcement that more than 147 million consumers that were affected by the breach of Equifax Inc. in 2017 will be provided restitution.

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